Sunday, February 2, 2014

JAKE'S COT QUILT

 
Jake is 3 and a half months now and almost ready to go into his cot from the bassinet.  Just in time, I've finished his quilt.  His room is navy blue and white so I went with the nautical theme and found a pattern on the internet which I changed around slightly.
   The pattern was on the website for Allquilts, but when I check recently, the link was removed.   Luckily I had printed out the pattern a while ago.

What a change different colours make !!

Instead of the small boats pieced together, I opted for just a square of nautical print.

Rather than the second row of stars, I thought Jakes name made it more personal, just for him. 
       I usually use the iron-on batting for my creations but as this is for a baby, I went for the wool batting. This of course meant that I had to use safety pins when I quilted. Down on my hands and knees on the bathroom floor and I used 1.5 boxes of pins. Probably over-kill but there was no way this quilt was going to move!
Too many pins????
The quilting took much longer than I thought and I kept it quite simple as it was my first real attempt at quilting.   Its hard to take the plunge and do free motion on a finished top, but eventually I had to do it.....I admit its not perfect but I really did have to start somewhere.  The swirls around the boat came up quite well as did the waves underneath. I felt a bit more comfortable doing the stippling around his name as I had done this before.
Swirls
Free motion Waves





After the swirls and waves, I didnt want to push my luck with any more free motion, so I changed over to the walking foot.  A simple double line inside each block and a diamond pattern along the border completed the look.



Diamond Border

Now my biggest fear (apart from the free motion) is when I wash the quilt.  I really really hope that these colours dont run and spoil everything.  I have bought some Colour Catchers in the hope that they can grab any floating colour before they do any damage......wish me luck.
 
 

16 comments:

Lorna McMahon said...

What a fabulous finish! I love everything about this quilt... And I just know Jake will, too! The navy and red is striking. Your personal touches - like adding his name and using a nautical print - great call! Love the quilting. It is hard to jump into doing the fmq on a project you worked so hard on and you did an incredible job of quilting the wind and the waves. It looks great!

Becca said...

Your quilting is great! You're right, though, sometimes you've just got to jump in there and quilt. Your changes to the pattern were perfect. I'm sure this quilt will be loved for years to come.

Kris said...

I love how you changed up this quilt and the quilting is fabulous! I am sure Jake will love it.

Dawn said...

Thanks for the kind words and encouragement, I'll keep at it :)

Dawn said...

Wasn't so bad once I took the I plunge, kept my head down and just went for it, thanks for the encouragement :)

Dawn said...

Thanks for the comment, sometimes choosing the material is the hardest part, making sure everything is complimentary but I am happy with these colours :)

Margaret said...

Lucky you to have a grandson to quilt for and what a lovely quilt it is! I'm sure your daughter (son?) will absolutely love it.

Dawn said...

Thanks Margaret, I am extremely lucky to have Jake and I will make the most of him as a baby before he grows up and doesn't want anything nanny makes hahah

Seams Sew Together said...

Looks fabulous Dawn, you should be right with the colour catchers, great quilting by the way.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

This is great! I look forward to seeing what else you will show us in coming weeks. Visiting from Let's Bee Social.

Dawn said...

I just love making baby quilts, they come together so quickly, need to have more babies to make for, just dont tell my daughter haha

Dawn said...

I hope they work, I would hate to have the colours run together, maybe I should have pre-washed??? Do you??

Dawn said...

Thanks Lisa, nice of you to drop by, I'll pop over and take a peek to see what you are working on soon

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

Hi Dawn. Great baby quilt! You've done a wonderful job on the quilting. I do tend to pre-wash when I can (not with pre-cuts though - it makes a mess!) but using the colour catchers is normally enough to catch the stray dye. I'm a new follower on Bloglovin' so looking forward to seeing what else you create! :-)

Dawn said...

Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog, its always lovely to chat with new people. Good advice too, I should pre-wash so I dont have to worry about the colours running next time.

Beth Noyes said...

Great job, I am doing the same thing with this pattern, making it my own. But I would like to make the main sailboat smaller, but I am bit sure how to figure that out

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